NJ voters reject 59 percent of school budgets

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) appears to have won a major victory as voters in 59 percent of the state's school districts rejected school budgets in local elections.

The New Jersey School Board Association says that 222 of the 537 budgets on ballots Tuesday passed. The 41-percent passage rate is the first time since 1976 that voters in the state rejected the majority of the budgets.

The votes gave the public a chance to weigh in on a high-profile dispute between Christie and the New Jersey Education Association.

Gov. Christie had repeatedly pushed for pay freezes in order to compensate for budget cuts. In districts with pay freezes, 79 percent of budgets passed, nearly twice as much as everywhere else.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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